Archive for September 15th, 2009

TODAY is the Day to Purchase Cindy & Kristin’s Books!


Thirsty by Kristin Bair O'KeeffeKristin Bair O’Keeffe’s debut novel, Thirsty, will be published by Swallow Press on October 1, 2009. A family saga that explores domestic abuse, race, class, and Pittsburgh’s mighty steel industry, Thirsty tells the story of Klara Bozic, a Croatian immigrant who seeks the strength-through love and friendship-to leave an abusive husband.

Can Klara rise above her circumstances and lay claim to her own peaceful spot in the world? To find out, buy Thirsty today as part of Kristin’s Amazon Spike Day!


Book By Book by Cindy HudsonCINDY HUDSON’S first  book is nonfiction. Book By Book, The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs is coming on October 1st from Seal Press. (Yes, that’s right, Kristin and Cindy’s books share the same publication date.)

I recently interviewed Cindy about her nonfiction book pitching and writing process over at The Writer Mama Riffs blog. You can read the complete interview here.

Even if you don’t have a daughter yourself, Book By Book makes a great gift for a mom who does.


I hope you will join me in supporting Kristin and Cindy’s Amazon Spike Day today, Tuesday, September 15th! What I’d love more than anything is for folks to read their books and recommend them to others. These are two great women, who have worked long and hard to create excellent-quality books for readers. Thanks in advance for your support today or any day!


Day Fourteen: And the winner is…

writer mama back to school giveaway badgeStephanie!

Congratulations, Stephanie. You have won a copy of Book By Book, The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs by Cindy Hudson.

For an exciting recap of what you have won, please click here.

If you would be so kind as to send me your snail mail via e-mail at “writer mama at earthlink dot net” I will make sure you receive your winnings.

In case anyone is wondering, the winner each day is chosen by a random integer generator and has nothing to do with your comment, whether or not you know me, or your shoe size. 🙂

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Onward! There are still plenty of books to win!

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I’ll be asking for blogroll suggestions on the last day of the giveaway, September 30th.

The Writer’s Digest Business of Getting Published Conference

The Writer’s Digest Business of Getting Published Conference is designed to guide any author through the new dynamics of today’s publishing world.  This three-day event takes place Friday, September 18, through Sunday, September 20, 2009, at the New York Marriott Marquis, on Times Square in New York.

Use my conference discount & get $50 off: Code = KatS8

With emphasis on platform, networking and social media, The Writer’s Digest Conference is an innovative and ground-breaking conference, featuring the industry’s top forward-thinking speakers, leading sessions on topics relevant to the current and future state of the publishing world.
Chris Brogan, social media genius, is the keynote speaker.

Complete program information, including speaker bios, special events related to the conference and registration, is now available here.

The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Fifteen

thirstyWelcome to week three of the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! I’m kicking this week off with a copy of Writers on the Rise columnist Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s debut novel Thirsty.

About Thirsty:

It is 1883, and all of Klara Bozic’s girlish dreams have come crashing down as she arrives in Thirsty, a gritty steel town carved into the slopes above the Monongahela River just outside of Pittsburgh. She has made a heartbreaking discovery. Her new husband, Drago, is as abusive as the father she left behind in Croatia.

In Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s debut novel, Klara’s life unfolds over forty years as she struggles to find her place in a new country where her survival depends on the friends who nurture her: gutsy, funny Katherine Zupanovic, who isn’t afraid of Drago’s fist; BenJo, the only black man in Thirsty to have his own shop; and strangely enough, Old Man Rupert, the town drunk.

Thirsty follows a chain of unlikely events that keep Klara’s spirit aloft: a flock of angelic butterflies descends on Thirsty; Klara gives birth to her first child in Old Man Rupert’s pumpkin patch; and BenJo gives her a talking bird. When Klara’s daughter marries a man even more brutal than Drago, Klara is forced to act. If she doesn’t break the cycle of violence in her family, her granddaughters will one day walk the same road, broken and bruised. As the threads that hold her family together fray and come undone, Klara must decide whether she has the courage to carve out a peaceful spot in the world for herself and her girls.

Author Bio:

Born and raised in Pittsburgh’s steel-making milieu (before the crash of the industry in the 1980s), Kristin BairKristin O’Keeffe has always been enamored with steel, the Steel City, and the history of the immigrant families who settled there. Her interest led to her first published poem in the mid 1980s (“Crumbling Steeples”) and now her first novel Thirsty.

Over the past few years, Kristin has written for a variety of publications, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Baltimore Review, San Diego Family Magazine, and The Gettysburg Review. Her column—The Fiction Writing Workshop—appears monthly in Writers on the Rise.

With a B.A. in English and journalism from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago, Kristin has always combined her love of writing with teaching. She is a passionate writing instructor with fifteen years of workshop experience at U.S. colleges and universities, including Boston College, Endicott College, Montserrat College of Art, University of New Hampshire, and Columbia College Chicago.

Currently Kristin lives in Shanghai, China, with her husband and daughter where she writes, teaches fiction and nonfiction writing, blogs about her adventures (and misadventures) around the world, and curates Out Loud! The Shanghai Writers Literary Salon. She’d love to hear from you on Twitter or Facebook.

If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

Today you get to choose between two questions…

Kristin is a great example of perseverance and how it pays off in the long run. While not every literary pursuit is suited for publication, can you think of any projects you might be willing to work on for the long haul…maybe even for over a decade?  Tell us how you are (or aren’t) cut out for this kind of stick-with-it-ness.


Ever tried to write anything from a historical perspective? Tell us about your project and your process.

Answer one question in 50-200 words, please. 🙂

Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. 🙂

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